Here you will find the latest news of interest that relates to the mission and people of the Stars at Yerkes Professional Learning Community.
You can find information about upcoming events on our Teacher Workshops page or visit our Calendar.
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PLEASE NOTE: Our next Stars
at Yerkes workshop will NOT be held at Yerkes Observatory. Instead, we will be visiting the University
of Wisconsin – Milwaukee for a great day of learning. There will be NO STAR PARTY this month.
Please come join us!!!Are we alone in the universe? Astrobiology attempts to answer this age-old
question. What will extraterrestrial life be like? What solar system objects might support life?
Join us as we explore the interdisciplinary field of
Astrobiology. Enjoy a demonstration of crystal radios and a planetarium show by
planetarium director and NASA Astronomy Airborne Ambassador Jean Creighton.
Workshop will be held at the University of
Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Details and directions will be sent with your registration
Registration will begin at 8:30 am. Workshop will be from 9:00 am
to 4:30 pm.
Cost for the workshop
is $35.00 and registration is suggested. Registration includes CPDUs and lunch.
here for workshop agenda and to register.
Congratulations to our Stars at Yerkes colleagues on their selection to the SOFIA Airborne Astronomy Ambassador Program! NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA, will become a flying classroom for our Stars at Yerkes outreach educators Lynne Zielinski, Kathy Gustavson, and Marcella Linahan (pictured here L-R in the Yerkes Observatory Morgan Room).
Lynne Zielinski (National Space Society, Long Grove, Illinois) and Marcella Linahan (Carmel Catholic High School, Mundelein, Illinois) have teamed together, and will fly sometime in early summer.
Kathy Gustavson (Nicolet High School, Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin) has teamed with Jean Creighton (University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, Manfred Olson Planetarium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin) to bring the excitement of learning the infrared to their respective institutions. Their flight on March 26, 2014 is highlighted in a YouTube video seen here.
We could not be happier for our Stars at Yerkes SOFIA Ambassadors - way to go!
Read the official press release from the SOFIA site here. Visit the SOFIA homepage here or the NASA SOFIA Mission Page here.
Astronauts, Scientists, Engineers, Educators, and Space
Exploration Industry experts are all a part of the Space Exploration
Educators Conference which was held February 6-8, 2014 in Houston, Texas. Among
the presenters were two of our Stars at Yerkes Outreach Educators, Lynne Zielinski and
Margie Corp. Also in attendance was S@Y Outreach Educator Maureen Jamrock.
Presentation materials can be found linked below. Thanks to all who came to our session, and to Angela Case and the terrific folks at Space Center Houston!
We even got to meet some royalty at the SEEC Banquet!
At right, Lynne explains the Leslie's Cube to session participants.
regrets, and in the interest of safety for our participants, we are
cancelling our Stars at Yerkes workshop for this Saturday, February 1.
The current weather forecasts indicate the weather will be too hazardous
for us to meet. Tentative plans are for rescheduling this event for
next month, Saturday March 8. Thanks to everyone for your flexibility
and understanding. We will post finalized details when they become
available. Stay safe in this crazy wintry weather, from your friends at Stars at Yerkes!
2014 February: Stars at Yerkes Book Talk - The Day We Found the Universe and the Dark Energy SurveySaturday, February 1, 2014 - Teacher Workshop
Workshop will be held at Yerkes Observatory from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. Join
the discussion of Marcia Bartusiak's spellbinding tale of discovery and
thrill to hands-on activities with Leavitt's Cepheids and Hubble's
variable Andromeda V1 that forever changed our perception of our
universe. Be among the first to know of humankind's next great leap
forward as Professor Rich Kron reports to us some first results from the
Dark Energy Survey!
Cost for the workshop is $35.00 and registration is suggested. Registration includes CPDUs and lunch.
Click here for event agenda and registration.
(Image courtesy of Dark Energy Survey Collaboration.)